ACC s Players of the Week for Week 2 include two Tar Heels
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Posted 1 15 p.m. today
The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their standout performances in last weekend s games.
The selections are determined by a vote of a 15 member media panel.
QUARTERBACK ROOKIE – Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB Kenny Williams Jersey, Monroe, N.C.
Howell staged a fourth quarter comeback for the second successive week to lead North Carolina to a 28 25 win over Miami • True freshman completed 16 of 24 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers • Connected with Dazz Newsome on a 10 yard game winning touchdown with 1 01 remaining in the game • Howell also hauled in his first career reception that went for 18 yards off a pass from wide receiver Dyami Brown.
RUNNING BACK – Cam Akers, Florida State, Jr. https://www.northcarolinatarheelszone.com/shea-rush-jersey-c-7.html, RB, Clinton, Miss.
Akers had 248 total yards Saturday – 193 rushing and 55 receiving – in Saturday s overtime win over Louisiana Monroe • Scored three touchdowns – two rushing and one 44 yard receiving touchdown that gave FSU a fourth quarter lead • His 36 carries set a school record • Akers leads the ACC and ranks among the top 10 nationally in all purpose yards per game 188.0, fifth , total rushing yards 309, fifth and rushing yards per game 154.5, fourth .
RECEIVER – Scotty Washington, Wake Forest, Sr., WR, Washington, D.C.
Washington caught seven passes in the Demon Deacons 41 21 win at Rice on Friday on night • Posted career highs with 158 receiving yards and two touchdown catches • Caught scoring passes of 25 and 59 yards from quarterback Jamie Newman.
Co OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – John Phillips, Boston College, Gr., OG, Phoenix, N.Y.
Phillips graded out as Boston College s top offensive lineman as the Eagles rolled up 45 points and 518 yards of total offense in the 45 13 win over Richmond • BC did not allow a sack and rushed for 346 yards in the victory • In two games this season, Phillips has yet to allow a quarterback pressure and has been BC s top graded offensive lineman.
Co OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – John Simpson, Clemson, Sr., OG, North Charleston, S.C.
Simpson received a 92 percent coaching grade from Clemson s coaching staff following his performance in Saturday s 24 10 win over No. 12 Texas A M • Recorded three knockdown blocks as he helped the Tigers amass 389 total yards.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Tomon Fox, North Carolina, Jr., DE, Lawrenceville https://www.northcarolinatarheelszone.com/kanler-coker-jersey-c-8.html, Ga.
Fox had a career high three sacks for 16 yards and had six total tackles in Saturday night s 28 25 win over visiting Miami • He became the first Tar Heel with at least three sacks in a game since Kareem Martin had 3.5 against Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, 2013.
LINEBACKER – Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech, So., LB, Thomasville, Ga.
Thomas matched a career high with nine tackles and set career highs with two sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in Georgia Tech s 14 10 win over USF • One of his sacks and the forced fumble came on a big third and three play near midfield that thwarted a USF scoring opportunity and forced the Bulls into one of their seven punts • Played a key role in Georgia Tech limiting USF to just 10 points and 262 yards of total offense, one season after the Yellow Jackets surrendered 49 points and 426 yards in a 49 38 loss to the Bulls • Thomas had two of Georgia Tech s nine total tackles for loss, its most against an FBS opponent since 2016.
DEFENSIVE BACK – K Von Wallace, Clemson https://www.northcarolinatarheelszone.com/brandon-robinson-jersey-c-9.html, Sr., S, Richmond, Va.
Wallace posted a team high nine tackles, including his first career sack, in the top ranked Tigers 24 10 win over No. 12 Texas A M on Saturday • Wallace also recorded a quarterback pressure that directly led to an interception by teammate Tanner Muse to thwart a Texas A M red zone drive.
SPECIALIST – Joe Reed, Virginia, Sr., KR, Charlotte Court House, Va.
Reed s 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter of UVA s 52 17 win over William Mary is the longest in the ACC this season and the only one thus far to be returned for a touchdown • His return tied the program record for longest kick return for a touchdown • Reed is the fourth Cavalier to return a kick 100 yards for a touchdown and first since Marquis Weeks in 2004 against North Carolina • Reed extended his UVA career record for kick returns for a touchdown to four • With two kick returns for a touchdown in 2017 and one in 2018, Reed is the only UVA player to return a kick for a touchdown in three separate seasons.